The Grand Finale Junior Tri VI is the last triathlon of the season until the fall of 2018. The swim/bike/run race was held for kids ages 5 to 15. The race involved kids from six different public and private schools in addition to several home-schooled kids.
Junior triathletes, parents and volunteers gathered for the final event of the race series at Cramer’s Park on Sunday — a shortened season due to the disruption of Hurricane Maria. the Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation (VITF) was able to put in place three races: a duathlon in February, an aqua-athlon in early April and a triathlon on Sunday.
With many volunteers on hand, the first group of young triathletes got ready for their 25-meter swim. St. Croix Montessori student Henry Collins lead the 5 to 6 years-old swimmers out of the water, and he continued to charge through the .5-mile bike and .25-mile run to cross the line in first place. Star Apple Montessori student Ridley Smith was just over a minute behind in second-place. Newcomer Hudson Mirocha was third. Priscila Sharmouj was the only female competitor of the group, yet she was the second-place overall finisher.
The 7-8 category eagerly lined up on the beach for their 50-meter swim. Most triathletes have a strong leg of the sport and Teague Gleason and Eric Sommer proved that this morning. They launched out of the water 10 seconds before the rest of the field, which gave them a nice lead on the .5-mile bike. Kai Tanguay made up a few seconds on the .5-mile run but ended up in a solid third place. Teague was first; Eric was second.
Diella Maynard was sporting her Dolphins swimsuit so it was obvious that she could swim. She held her lead through the bike and the run to grab the gold medal about 20 seconds ahead of second- place finisher Emma D’ Amour. Chaney Smith, who posted the fastest run for the girls, finished in a strong third place.
The final group, 9-11, was the largest and most antsy to start their 100-meter swim. Good Hope Country Day School (CHCDS) student Cole Sommer lead the group, and Daryan Maynard was close behind. Devon Davis-McCarthy hopped on the bike and bypassed Daryan to push into second place. Ozzy Odom entered the picture and sneaked up from behind on the 1-mile bike course. No one could catch up to Cole though. Devon outran Ozzy to a second-place finish. Ozzy was third.
The girls’ race was even more exciting. Helen Collins and Kirra Lambert were playing cat and mouse as they traded the lead several times. It came down to Kirra’s sprinting her heart out on the run to catch Helen just as she crossed the line. Although both girls had the same finish time, Helen was just a hair in front of Kirra. Candace Felix was the deserving third-place finisher.
Mason Lambert and Kaeden Gleason have been putting in double-time training so they completed double the distance this morning. Although they started the race with their 9-11 buddies, both boys took on a 200-meter swim, a 2-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run. Although Kaeden swam faster than Mason, he gave up his lead with a slower transition to the bike. Kaeden remained just a short distance behind Mason for the rest of the race.
Coaches will be taking notes about these two budding Elites as they become more and more serious about training for the sport of triathlon.
Results of Junior Tri VI – Grand Finale Junior Triathlon, Cramer’s Park, St. Croix
Place – Name (5-6 years-old) TOTAL [25-m swim/.5-mile bike/.25-mile] run
1 Henry Collins 0:07:33
2 Priscila Sharmouj 0:07:57
3 Ridley Smith 0:08:49
4 Hudson Mirocha 0:08:56
Place – Name (7-8 years-old) TOTAL [50m swim/.5-mile bike/.25-mile run]
1 Teague Gleason 0:10:24
2 Eric Sommer 0:11:00
3 Kai Tanguay 0:11:09
4 Bjorn Stutzman 0:11:20
5 Jedi Giordano 0:12:35
6 Ezekiel Tutein 0:12:50
7 Stephen Gomez 0:12:52
8 Diella Maynard 0:13:12
9 Emma D’Amour 0:13:35
10 Chaney Smith 0:15:17
11 Zyah Rogers 0:23:05
Name – Place (9-11 years-old) TOTAL [100m swim/1-mile bike/.5-mile run]
1 Cole Sommer 0:11:50
2 Helen Collins 0:12:47
3 Kirra Lambert 0:12:47
4 Candace Felix 0:14:06
5 Devon Davis-McCarthy 0:14:13
6 Ozzy Odom 0:15:09
7 Caden Cox 0:15:11
8 Daryan Maynard 0:15:15
9 Gaby Evora 0:15:25
10 Ella Evora 0:17:11
11 Bella Davis-McCarthy 0:17:33
Name – Place (9-11 years-old) TOTAL [200m swim/2-mile bike/1-mile run]
1 Mason Lambert 0:18:51
2 Kaeden Gleason 0:19:34